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Poster: abruntel Date: May 7, 2004 6:35am
Forum: prelinger Subject: GETTY's High Prices!!

I just got off the phone with Getty Films and I'm pretty bummed out. I'm trying to work on a low budget video project and was hoping to get a NTSC quality hard copy of the film Journey Through A Day. I thought since it's Public Domain footage it would be fairly reasonable but Getty wanted to charge $700.00 for every 10 second clip. But the video is going to be fairly artistic with animated portions and various other found footage rotoscoped and sliced together. I just don't understand how they can charge so much. Is there another way to get this footage without having to go through them?

Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks and take care.

ab

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Poster: summerseve Date: May 8, 2004 8:25am
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: GETTY's High Prices!!

That truly sucks. You aren't able to work with the highest res versions here? What's the final format going to be? And why not get one copy of the whole film, and go from there?

This post was modified by trafalgar on 2004-05-08 15:25:41

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffRick Prelinger Date: May 8, 2004 12:13pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: GETTY's High Prices!!

I suggested to Andy that he download the mpeg-2 version and convert it, rather than working with the lower res mpeg-4. This works fine for many people -- look at Vicki Bennett's "We Edit Life" in Open Source Movies, or check out "The Corporation," soon to open theatrically, with about 100 downloaded video and audio segments from here.

The producers (mostly commercial) who pay Getty Images for access to physical materials or for written license agreements are the ones who make it possible for us to survive while making footage available to others for free. The two-tier system isn't perfect, but it's fairer than a situation where everyone has to pay for access.

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Poster: cashel Date: May 9, 2004 11:48am
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: GETTY's High Prices!!

NOW we need a new project using the Ivan Besse heritage. A careful selection of images from the 150 minutes of his films interwoven with images from the vast treasures of films in prelinger to create a picture of life in a 1930,s USA country town . Great film?

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Poster: Steve Nordby Date: May 16, 2004 1:34pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: GETTY's High Prices!!

How about a tier that is better than the available mpeg's - from Beta SP (that I understand you transfer to originally) to DV Cam, DVC Pro, Digital Beta, or whatever the user wants? Perhaps there could be a small charge to make some money for the archive to get more films transfered/digitized?

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffRick Prelinger Date: May 16, 2004 2:02pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: GETTY's High Prices!!

This would be a nice thing to do, but we need to survive financially, and I'm afraid this would remove one incentive for commercial and high-end producers to get footage from Getty. I've so far put 22 years of my life into collecting film, and need to continue to earn income from stock footage sales. That's why there's a two-tier system, where footage is either free or expensive depending on the added value people need. If the world's willing to provide me with another source of income, I'll be able to give away more and better footage. Right now it's all about striking a workable balance.

Not to get all personal here, just wanted to explain.

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Poster: cashel Date: May 7, 2004 1:02pm
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: GETTY's High Prices!!

This looks like a very interesting project and I hope that you can post further news as it progresses